Found February 15, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Israel Idonije
TEAMS: Chicago Bears
Bears defensive end Israel Idonije is among three well-known African-American leaders in Chicago being honored by Fifth Third Bank in celebration of Black History Month.

During concussion forum, Bears forced to tip-toe around Brian Urlacher’s statements

The Bears, taking a proactive role in trying to ‘‘change the culture’’ of concussion awareness and treatment at all levels of football, hosted a forum for high-school players and coaches on that hot-button issue Wednesday at Halas Hall. If only Brian Urlacher could have been there — not as...

McCaskey: Urlacher simply honest about concussions

Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey says Brian Urlacher was simply being honest when he told HBO he would hide concussion symptoms from team doctors. He also was quick to point out his star linebacker didn't say that was the right thing to do. McCaskey says players don't want to let down teammates and coaches, that they have a ''warrior mentality.'' ...

The Dilemma Of Placing The Franchise Tag On Matt Forte

With recent reports circulating that the Chicago Bears will use the Franchise Tag on running back Matt Forte, it will begin an ongoing saga of back and forth contract negotiations between the Bears and Forte.   Although tagging Forte does not necessarily mean a long-term deal cannot be worked out it also does not help the cause.   Forte has made it clear he wants a lucrative...

Wasn't Willie Thrower first African American player?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

CBA makes franchising Forte more plausible

A condition in the new NFL collective bargaining agreement allows teams to carry over unused cap space from year to year, meaning the Bears could franchise Matt Forte without taking a cap hit.

Exit Interview: Bears hope 2012 isn't another star-crossed season

With stars like Brian Urlacher not getting any younger, the Bears can't afford to waste another promising season with injuries to key players, Elliot Harrison writes.

McCaskey: Money won't be issue in free agency

If the Chicago Bears are mostly spectators when free agency opens in a little less than four weeks, it won’t be because the budget or salary cap hindered them.

Bear Breakdown: Linebacker Position

Lance Briggs called himself and Brian Urlacher “vintage” linebackers. The “vintage” linebackers were both voted to the Pro Bowl this season and performed at a high level. Nick Roach played alongside the two Bears stars and played pretty solid. He got the edge over former Bear Pisa Tinoisamoa, who wasn’t re-signed last off-season after suffering another knee injury. Brian...

Carter: Moss could make sense for Bears

Few coaches have demonstrated the ability to work with Randy Moss more successfully than Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice.

New CBA rule could boost Bears' activity in free agency

We're still a ways off from the Free Agency Period kicking in, but this weekend I saw something that could help new General Manager Phil Emery in his first offseason at the helm of da Bears. One of the wrinkles in last year's new CBA allows for teams to carry over their remaining cap space from one year to the next; we'll call it the Cap Carryover Clause, or triple C...

The Bears Den: February 16, 2012

"...where you can groove with a pict." Bears host a health and safety seminar Mayer: The Bears welcomed dozens of special visitors to Halas Hall to discuss an important safety issue that impacts football players from pee wee leagues to the pros. Bears lose a treasured old pro in trainer Tim Bream Haugh: Players and management alike appreciated the personal and professional...
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